Augustine Hwata Senior Sports Reporter
FORMER Warriors coach Marc Duvillard was yesterday questioned by police after a complaint which was raised over his involvement in the transfer of players to foreign clubs for the last 10 years. Duvillard was summoned to the Serious Frauds section in the afternoon and was questioned for some time and it could not be established, late last night, whether he had been detained or released.
The Herald understands that a number of leading football administrators are also likely to be summoned as part of investigations into this case.
CID spokesperson Sharon Musendo could neither confirm nor deny that Duvillard was arrested, saying she needed time to verify the details.
However, sources within the police last night confirmed that the Aces Youth Soccer Academy coach and director was questioned yesterday.
It is believed that Duvillard was questioned after a former Zifa board member, Francis Zimunya, raised a complaint against the Swiss national, who is now resident in Zimbabwe.
The long-running dispute is believed to centre around the transfer of former Black Aces players Tinashe Nengomasha and Tendai Mwarura who left the club when Duvillard was in charge.
The players are said to have been on loan at Aces from Zimbabwe Crackers but Duvillard, who had assumed control of Aces after his friend and compatriot Marc-Jean Hoffstetter was barred from entering Zimbabwe, is said to have cleared the players saying they belonged to Aces.
Nengomasha joined Motor Action before heading to South African Premiership giants Kaizer Chiefs in 2002.
Striker Mwarura also played for Motor Action before moving to Dynamos.
Duvillard arrived in Zimbabwe in January 1995 and was on holiday here when he learnt from Hoffstetter that Aces had been deserted by their coach, the late Charles Mandizvidza.
He agreed to help the team on a short-term period.
But he was appointed Warriors head coach for their 1996 African Cup of Nations Group One qualifier against Cameroon in Younde and, by the end of the season, had led Aces to third place in the Premiership race.
Duvillard has coached FC Laussane and also had a stint with FC La Chaux-de-Fonds and FC Lugano back home in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe international striker, Knowledge Musona, who is a product of the Aces Youth Soccer Academy, could watch the explosive Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates from the sidelines because of a shoulder injury.
Musona, who is on loan from German side TSG Hoffeinheim, is doubtful for Saturday’s match after sustaining a suspected shoulder dislocation.
The Zimbabwean, who has netted four goals this season, landed awkwardly after scoring late with a diving header in a Telkom Knockout quarter-final tie against Free State Stars on Sunday.
Chiefs won the game 4-2 on penalties after 120 minutes of football produced a 1-1 stalemate at Charles Mopeli Stadium.